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Too-tall 12-11-2002 05:26 AM

Help me chop my 51 chev
This is my first attempt at a chop top. I'm planning on chopping 3" and at the same time I want to slant the door posts for a different look.
I have a 51 chev coupe 2 door post. My question is...What do I do with the glass? Is there a supplier for narrower windshields? Can the glass be cut? I need help!!!!

Halloweenking 12-11-2002 07:22 PM

As for your glass there is no supplyer for narrower glass, all chopped tops have the glass custom cut for the application. Go to your local glass shop or windsheild repair replacment shop and they will do it for you.


Too-tall 12-12-2002 04:10 AM

HK Thanks for your reply. I just found this site
yesterday. I should have looked a little further
into previous questions. I found my answer there.
It's good to know there's help here. I'm sure
I'll have more questions once I Chop the roof. Maybe I'll end up with a convertible!!!!

WoodsEdge 12-12-2002 05:26 AM

I have been told that you can't cut the back glass, better check. Most just change angle. HK would know more.

murraydavidson 12-12-2002 02:17 PM

Hi Too Tall check out <a href="" target="_blank"></a> they chopped,dropped squashed a1949 2dr looks pretty good.I'm building a 51 4dr.goodluck.

F-1Rodder 12-12-2002 02:55 PM

I am an expert, I've done one chop! OK, ha,ha. But in any event, there is a very good book available from named "How to Chop Tops", by Tex Smith. It is considered the Bible of the top chop art. I recommend you buy it.

There is a good article in the Feb 2003 issue of Rod & Custom magazine on the chop of a shoebox ford. All the principles apply to your car. Take a look.

The back glass and frame needs to be cut out and then reinserted in the chop. This is because the glass cannot be cut.

Don't start this project until you consider yourself proficient with a mig wire feed welder and you will need a sawzall, and air cut off tools and a nibbler is helpful.

I can tell you that it is a pretty complex job.

Too-tall 12-13-2002 05:18 AM

Hi guys! Thanks for all the info. Murray, I did check out that site about the 49. What an awesome
job they did. You see the way they sloped the door posts?
F-1, I've got all the tools and equipment. I,ve got the time and I,ve got the guts, so there's not much holding me back but the experience. Gotta learn sometime!!! Just trying to get all the info together before I go wild with the sawzall. Thanks again.

one off 12-13-2002 07:56 AM

you have every thing you need sounds like to me
i have years of experience in this sort of thing
i found that precision and knowing for sure how to do exactly what you want to accomplish, by studying,before cutting and welding will yeald excellent results even by a novis. oh tac and fit before welding

Maverick 12-17-2002 11:56 AM

Rod and Custom magazine is doing a short series on chopping a tp on a Chevy car. Part one is in this months issue on news stands now. Hope it helps!


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